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Comment: Re:What an idiot (Score 1) 178

The simplest strategy would have been to have already moved to a non-extradition country. He'd already racked up tens of millions of dollars in profits! What was he waiting for?

Another good strategy would be to just stop doing it. Taking a big risk when you don't have money is much different from taking it when you do. He had enough to be comfortable for the rest for his life. Why risk that? You've already won whatever game you think you're playing.

Comment: Sounds (Score 1) 790

by Paradise Pete (#48785943) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Sounds We Don't Hear Any More?
No doubt one or two of these can still be heard somewhere, but off the top of my head and in no particular order, these are sounds I can remember from my youth:
  1. The rotary dialing of a telephone
  2. The bell on a cash register
  3. "old style" police sirens
  4. A baseball card in the spokes of a bicycle
  5. The clunk-clunk-clunk of a mechanical TV tuner
  6. Tubes warming up
  7. The unmistakable clinking of glass milk bottles being delivered
  8. The "time at the tone" recording

Comment: Re:Useless site (Score 3, Interesting) 49

by Paradise Pete (#48735473) Attached to: "Disco Clam" Lights Up To Scare Predators Away

Why bother even using HTML? Can't they just fax me a copy of the content?

Back in the mid 90's I was working for a small company that had a marketing director who, when he saw something on the "world wide web" that he thought would be useful to us, would actually print it out and fax it to us.
And then later he hired someone to make up some images for the web site. He called me up and asked what was the best way to get it to me? Which courier service? I said "Can't you email them?" "Oh no," he said. "I want to make sure you get them."

"If there isn't a population problem, why is the government putting cancer in the cigarettes?" -- the elder Steptoe, c. 1970